Fleeting meetings

A cautionary tale reaches Tulkinghorn from the distant, but not forgotten, history of Arthur Andersen.

Jim Wadia, formerly the worldwide managing partner at Andersen and later chief operating officer at Linklaters, was apparently widely loved by one and all. The reason? He made sure he kept all his meetings to half an hour and no longer. There’s a lesson there for us all.

Which partner at a top US firm was overheard saying of his new-car dilemma: “It can’t be a Porsche – everybody has a Porsche.”?